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For Saturday, December 20, 2014

LAST UPDATED: 03:33 a.m. HST, Dec 20, 2014

Pre-dawn Masses. Bishop Larry Silva will continue a weeklong series of early morning Masses called Misa de Gallo, which got underway Tuesday on Maui and Oahu in preparation for the celebration of Christmas.

Originating in the Philippines, Misa de Gallo is a Roman Catholic tradition practiced in many Spanish-speaking countries. The pre-dawn scheduling allows people to attend Mass before starting their workday. Its purpose is to offer time for a deeper spiritual experience and a more meaningful Christmas.

On Sunday the bishop will celebrate a 5 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony Church in Wai­luku. On Monday and Tuesday he will be at Christ the King Church in Kahu­lui and at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Kalihi, respectively.

Festival of Lessons and Carols. The Cathedral of St. Andrew will celebrate Christ's birth with its annual Festival ofLessonsandCarols service, 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 229 Queen Emma Square.

The service includes Bible stories interspersed with Christmas carols by the Cathedral Choir and music director John Renke playing pipe organ. The service is modeled after the Christmas Eve tradition of King's College in Cambridge, England, which is broadcast across the world. Join in and sing the traditional favorite ­carols.

A weekly noontime concert is held every Wednesday at the cathedral. On Wednesday there will be a piano recital by Jonathan Korth, associate professor of music at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Free parking and admission.

For more information, call 524-2822, ext. 217, or visit www.thecathedralofstandrew.org.

Free Christmas lunch. St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Moiliili invites those who are without family or friends on Oahu and the homeless to a free Christmas lunch, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at 2062 S. King St. Diners are welcome to sit down for fellowship or take out food. For more information, call 949-4655.

LGBT Catholics Christmas party. Join Dignity Hono­lulu (LGBT Catholics) for its annual Christmas party, 7 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Tea House at Queen Emma Gardens, 1519 Nuu­anu Ave., mauka of Harris United Methodist Church. Bring a gift to share, a grab bag gift and a friend. Call 352-7558 for information.

Mochi pounding. The public is welcome to join Aiea Hongwanji Mission in its annual mochi pounding, 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 28 at 99-186 Pua­kala St. near Aloha Stadium. All ages will be allowed to pound the rice with wooden mallets and roll the glutinous paste into patties as well as taste the finished product.

For additional information, contact Claire Tama­moto at 429-1282 or Susan at 487-2626.

Humanism and the Divine. Longtime Unitarian Universalist member Charlotte Huszcza Morgan will give a sermon titled "Science and Humanism, Roadblocks to God?" at the 9:15 and 11 a.m. services Dec. 28 at the First Unitarian Church of Hono­lulu. The sermon aims to address the question, "Can we believe in science and humanism and still find the divine?" Morgan first gave the sermon in November at the FUCH's new branch Unitarian Universalist Leeward Ohana Group, which meets every second Saturday at Island Pacific Academy, 909 Hau­mea St.

For information, call 595-4047, email uulog@unitariansofhi.org or visit www.unitariansofhi.org.

Send announce­ments and photos to religion writer Pat Gee at pgee@staradver­tiser.com.

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